It's been awhile since I've done a post on our homeschool trays. Truthfully, this is the first time in awhile I've put together new ones; Big Buddies math and reading curriculums have been consuming a large portion of mine (and his) time/energy. The younger kids, however, enjoy doing tray work so I frequently pull out old activities and I just couldn't resist the urge to add to last year's Christmas "syllabus".
|card making with stamps and glitter glue pens|
skills practiced: creativity, fine motor, writing, expressing thought
|christmas tree addition and subtraction (#'s 3-10)|
skills practiced: addition and subtraction, sorting
*this is a game we made to reinforce what big buddy has been learning
in his math curriculum. you can print the cards off here.
|spooning different size jingle bells |
skills practiced: fine motor, sizes, sorting
|lining pinecones up by size|
skills practiced: seriation/ordering, comparing
|classifying colored christmas lights|
skills practiced: fine motor, classifying, colors
*christmas lights are foam stickers purchased from michael's
|sorting & tweezing christmas gifts|
skills practiced: sorting, fine motor
*christmas gifts are foam stickers purchased from michael's, the sorting
tray is from dollar tree
|pattern building with cranberries and popcorn|
skills practiced: sequencing, patterning, one-to-one correspondence
|weighing christmas objects with cranberries|
skills practiced: measurement, rational counting, comparing
|tweezing buttons in to numbered gingerbread man tray|
skills practiced: numeral recognition, rational counting, fine motor
These trays are created for my children and a little girl I babysit. Their ages range from almost two to five; hence, there is a wide variation in skill level. I have, however, found that the older children enjoy some of the easier trays and that the younger children, while they may not understand everything, find it quite fun to mimic the older.
P.S. Check out our homeschool page for more theme units and educational ideas.